Which is better - Ipod or ordinary mp3 player?? - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HotUKDeals, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HotUKDeals app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

Which is better - Ipod or ordinary mp3 player??

£0.00 @
This is my first post, so please be gentle!!! I have dragged myself screaming into the 21st century and have decided to buy an mp3 player using the Littlewoods Direct £30 off a £60 spend (or even the… Read More
maxsmummy Avatar
8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
This is my first post, so please be gentle!!! I have dragged myself screaming into the 21st century and have decided to buy an mp3 player using the Littlewoods Direct £30 off a £60 spend (or even the £50 off £100 if I can get it to work!!).

Is Ipod actually the be-all and end-all they would have us believe?? What other mp3 players would you recommend? Also, is it true that you can only download content onto an Ipod using itunes and not Windows Media Player?

Just wondered what everyone thought before I go out and blow my hard-earned cash!!
maxsmummy Avatar
8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
Options

All Comments

(83) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
Page:
#1
iPod all the way.
#2
What do you want from an mp3 player?
#3
I personally prefer an MP3 player; as I use a Windows-based PC I can't see a need for an Apple product.

Yes, you need iTunes to download/upload/update your iPod.
#4
I'd say, if your not sure about mp3 players, get an ipod.
#5
SKY HD for me.
#6
There is a huge choice of bargain mp3 players for as low as £5 as long as the headphones are ok well half decent - you pay for the more fancy looking ones - sound can be just as good on a cheaper mp3 as the most expensive ones. (You can also get some horrible sounding ones but there will still be lots of users who have them that don't even notice that) I know a lot of people who hate the sound that comes out of any ipod/iphone etc.

Your phone not play mp3 ?
#7
iPods are so overrated. Just because everyone has them, people think they're the best. They really aren't. Trust me, go for anything but the iPod. Check anythingbutipod (it's a website). From littlewoods I can reccomend these:

Click

Click

And my favourite:

Click

It's also the cheapest.
#8
Bhav007
iPods are so overrated. Just because everyone has them, people think they're the best. They really aren't. Trust me, go for anything but the iPod. Check anythingbutipod (it's a website). From littlewoods I can reccomend these:

Click

Click

And my favourite:

Click

It's also the cheapest.


cis_groupie
I personally prefer an MP3 player; as I use a Windows-based PC I can't see a need for an Apple product.

Yes, you need iTunes to download/upload/update your iPod.


electriclinux
What do you want from an mp3 player?
#9
Bhav007
iPods are so overrated. Just because everyone has them, people think they're the best. They really aren't. Trust me, go for anything but the iPod. Check anythingbutipod (it's a website). From littlewoods I can reccomend these:

Click

Click

And my favourite:

Click

It's also the cheapest.


The last one you posted (your favourite) does seem to be unavailable from Littlewoods at the moment.
#10
I've tried downloading onto my phone, but, even after expanding the memory, I can't really fit that much onto it, hence my decision to buy an mp3 player. I prefer to use Windows, as opposed to itunes, so I think I'll give Ipod a miss (sorry to all the converts out there!!)

Quite like the look of the Samsung and Creative 8gb players that were suggested.
#11
I've owned a few different MP3 players and have to say after finally caving in and getting an Ipod i'm glad I did.

It's just so much easier to get hold of peripherals and speaker docks than it was on any of the others. And I have to grudgingly admit that the touch wheel interface is pretty good.
#12
maxsmummy
I've tried downloading onto my phone, but, even after expanding the memory, I can't really fit that much onto it, hence my decision to buy an mp3 player. I prefer to use Windows, as opposed to itunes, so I think I'll give Ipod a miss (sorry to all the converts out there!!)

Quite like the look of the Samsung and Creative 8gb players that were suggested.


You can probably get a bigger card for your phone than the one you bought before. Most current phones support up to 16GB MicroSD cards, which is enough for some 4000 tracks, assuming 4MB/song. They only cost around £30 too, although 8GB cards cost as little as £15 from Play.com . Personally, since fitting an 8GB card in my phone, I never need to touch my mp3 player anymore, except for when going out camping and stuff or doing things where the phone gets left at home. I don't have enoug pocket space for both.
banned#13
maxsmummy
I've tried downloading onto my phone, but, even after expanding the memory, I can't really fit that much onto it, hence my decision to buy an mp3 player. I prefer to use Windows, as opposed to itunes, so I think I'll give Ipod a miss (sorry to all the converts out there!!)

Quite like the look of the Samsung and Creative 8gb players that were suggested.


Itunes runs on Windows and is a nice piece of software.

Plus, whilst there's a flock of critics out there who like to label ipod users as 'sheeps', it's still got one of the best user experiences if you go for a nano.
#14
I much prefer Sandisk's players, the Clip is far better than the rather laughable Shuffle and the Fuze is an extremely good player with expandable memory. Unlike the Ipods it's just drag and drop which means you canh use the players on any operating system with no software installed. Alternatively if you want to use Media Player to manage your music you can use that as well.

John
#15
I'm very happy with my ipod & so many people having them can be an advantage too I can goto any of my mates houses with my ipod and stick it in thier docking station cuz they all have them too. Also the itunes software (which is a bit of a pian in the butt to begin with) is often updated with new features and the ipod firmware is pretty solid.

If your looking for something other than the ipod then I'd also recomend the sandisk range, I bought one for my dad and it's excellent but because they arn't very popular the firmware is a bit buggy, not updated very often & you don't get much choice in docking stations ect. ect. because everyone if making ipod ones instead!

worto
#16
mp3 players :thumbsup: go with a zen
#17
mp3 player,

drag n drop all the way and play anywhere, itunes suX0r
#18
Aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!!! More confused than ever!!! I was looking at the 4th gen Ipod Nano, but they don't seem to fit on many Ipod docking stations. I have been using Windows Media Player to download from the internet and transfer it to my son's mp3 player. I don't want to pay itunes prices, as they have been more expensive for the music I wanted, plus I have downloaded some albums from "alternative" websites (if you catch my drift), so would I be able to transfer files from Windows Media Player to itunes to upload onto an Ipod, or does that mean I can only use an mp3 player?

Sorry to be so thick, :oops:but I'm only used to listening to music on my PC via Windows Media Player.
#19
iPods are not worth the money. Creative Zen is the one to go for!!!
#20
Going to have a bbbiiiggg glass of wine now (for purely medicinal reasons, of course) to help me in my decision-making!!!:-D
#21
http://technologyinfo.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/cowon-s9-1.jpg

Swoooon.
banned#22
Bhav007
iPods are not worth the money. Creative Zen is the one to go for!!!


For ease of use and design I, and a lot of people, think they are.
#23
It all depends what you're going to use it for...

If you're just going to use it as a portable music player, get a Zen or similar. They're better value for money.

If you're going to buy accessories, docks etc etc, get an iPod. There's so much available and some decent prices too.

I've got an iPod Nano 4g and love it.
#24
I would heartily recommend getting an mp3 player from creative. I love my zen micro, its drag and drop so no ridiculous itunes.
banned#25
ants97
I would heartily recommend getting an mp3 player from creative. I love my zen micro, its drag and drop so no ridiculous itunes.


In itunes if I want to put music onto my ipod all I have to do is drag and drop from the library. Never really understood people's problem with itunes.
#26
FilthAndFurry
In itunes if I want to put music onto my ipod all I have to do is drag and drop from the library. Never really understood people's problem with itunes.


its the fact you've got to even have itunes in the 1st place.

I don't need any additional software to put music on my micro, if I want I can sync it with media player but its still far easier to just drag and drop the files directly onto the player without the bother of having itunes.
banned#27
ants97
its the fact you've got to even have itunes in the 1st place.

I don't need any additional software to put music on my micro, if I want I can sync it with media player but its still far easier to just drag and drop the files directly onto the player without the bother of having itunes.


Fair enough. I just quite like iTunes as a program.
banned#28
ants97
its the fact you've got to even have itunes in the 1st place.

I don't need any additional software to put music on my micro, if I want I can sync it with media player but its still far easier to just drag and drop the files directly onto the player without the bother of having itunes.


100% agree.

I got a 3G iPhone (purely because the offer was too good to turn down - the missus got one too.) iTunes Proprietry software is just plain nasty. How it can be viewed as a better option to drag and drop, I'll never know.

The missus laptop has just died..... Still not installed itunes on the new one. Not even sure if syncing will mean iTunes strips the iPhone of its content. For all I know there may be a workaround - but from experience of using iTunes, nothing is ever as straight forward as connecting a USB Hard Disc device you can drag and drop at will.
#29
FilthAndFurry
In itunes if I want to put music onto my ipod all I have to do is drag and drop from the library. Never really understood people's problem with itunes.


For me it's the fact that you even have to use proprietary bloatware or similar with a player with proprietary connections makes them a non-starter.


EDIT: oh wait....what they said ^^^.
banned#30
guv
100% agree.

I got a 3G iPhone (purely because the offer was too good to turn down - the missus got one too.) iTunes Proprietry software is just plain nasty. How it can be viewed as a better option to drag and drop, I'll never know.

The missus laptop has just died..... Still not installed itunes on the new one. Not even sure if syncing will mean iTunes strips the iPhone of its content. For all I know there may be a workaround - but from experience of using iTunes, nothing is ever as straight forward as connecting a USB Hard Disc device you can drag and drop at will.


How exactly is it nasty?

I plug in my ipod, itunes opens, updates my podcasts and any changes to my playlists, checks for software updates and I can drag and drop any songs onto my ipod.

To each their own but let's not go overboard.
#31
Oh dear - what have I started?:thinking: I have been browsing the www and there seems to be plenty of software out there to convert nasty itunes files into mp3, etc:
http://www.wmatomp3-converter.com/guide/How-to-convert-iTunes-protected-M4P-to-MP3.html

and vice versa:
http://www.wmatomp3-converter.com/guide/free-download-music-to-ipod.html

Sorry - don't know how to convert the above into hyperlinks

So, maybe I'll go the Ipod Nano route
#32
Ooooops - the links converted themselves, I see!!!:oops:
banned#33
FilthAndFurry
How exactly is it nasty?

I plug in my ipod, itunes opens, updates my podcasts and any changes to my playlists, checks for software updates and I can drag and drop any songs onto my ipod.

To each their own but let's not go overboard.


I can do that on any PC I plug my Zen into. I don't need to install any software. Whilst you might not share my views of iTunes, I think you will find my views are not exactly unshared. In fact, if you just look in this thread, there are not too many knockers on the device - just the software.
banned#34
guv
I can do that on any PC I plug my Zen into. I don't need to install any software. Whilst you might not share my views of iTunes, I think you will find my views are not exactly unshared. In fact, if you just look in this thread, there are not too many knockers on the device - just the software.


Like I said, fair enough. Just never really understood the issue with itunes. Installing it isn't exactly a chore and it's my main music player so it just makes sense to me.
banned#35
FilthAndFurry
Like I said, fair enough. Just never really understood the issue with itunes. Installing it isn't exactly a chore and it's my main music player so it just makes sense to me.


Like I said, I also have an iPhone (and 2 unused 16GB iPod Touch!) - I'd quite like to plonk some free apps onto it. Unfortunately the way it works is you HAVE to use iTunes and iTunes, won't let you use them 'cos I didnt get it from Apple. As you may have seen, I'm not awfully fond of being told what I can and can't do. Maybe I'm just a non conformist, but only being able to use a device if you use a specific carriage, just seems so wrong.

The phone does have some music on it, though it never gets synced and my primiary source now for MP3s is once again the Zen.
#36
leefal
For me it's the fact that you even have to use proprietary bloatware


I take it your a Linux user then?


maxsmummy

So, maybe I'll go the Ipod Nano route



Just download itunes anyway and have a play with it before you decide.

I've owned several MP3 players over the years (creative zen, samsung, sony, zune) I now have an 80gb Ipod Classic and it is by far the most straightforward and easy to use piece of kit. but then it does hold my entire library of music and auto updates as soon as I plug it in.
#37
FilthAndFurry
How exactly is it nasty?

I plug in my ipod, itunes opens, updates my podcasts and any changes to my playlists, checks for software updates and I can drag and drop any songs onto my ipod.

To each their own but let's not go overboard.


now try and take the music off of the iPod onto a PC without iTunes................with the file names intact too without using any additional software

fail
banned#38
Alfonse
now try and take the music off of the iPod onto a PC without iTunes................with the file names intact too without using any additional software

fail


I don't think I've ever needed to do that.
#39
FilthAndFurry
I don't think I've ever needed to do that.


already knew you would say that, all people so intent on one thing and are shown a short fall of a product always say, I don't need to do that, lolz. brand junkie tunnel vision
#40
maxsmummy, I reccomend this for you:

Sansa Fuze 8gb

I have one, and not only is it way better than the iPod, it is way cheaper too. It has a mircoSD/SDHC slot so you can expand up to 32gb if needed. It's so simple to use, audio quality is EXCELLENT, as are the videos. It's very easy to use too, and the battery life is EXCELLENT.

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!